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Immigrants in Upton Sinclair 's The Jungle - A well-discussed debate among today’s economy is the issues concerning immigrants and their yearning desire to become American citizens. As displayed in The Jungle, a rather perturbing novel about the trials and ruthless temptations early America presents to a Lithuanian family, adjusting to new surrounding and a new way of life is quite difficult. To make matters worse, language barriers and lack of domestic knowledge only seems to entice starvation and poverty among newly acquired citizens, who simply wish to change their social and economic lives to better themselves and their families....   [tags: Upton Sinclair, The Jungle] 779 words
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The Power of Upton Sinclair and The Jungle - The Power of Upton Sinclair and The Jungle      The novel "The Jungle", is a hybrid of history, literature, and propaganda. It was written in 1906 by Upton Sinclair, to demonstrate the control big business had over the average working man, and his family. Sinclair was one of the most famous muckrakers in history; he exposed scandals and political corruption in the early nineteen hundreds (Literature 572). He attempted to show his idea of the solution to this problems of the times: socialism....   [tags: Upton Sinclair Jungle Essays]
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Socialism and Upton Sinclair's The Jungle - Socialism and Upton Sinclair's The Jungle In 1906, Upton Sinclair's Book The Jungle was published in book form; it had previously been published as a newspaper serial in 1905. Few works of literature have changed history in the United States so much as The Jungle did when it was published. It has been said that the book led to the direct passage of the "Pure Food and Drug Act" of 1906 (Dickstein) and that it lead to a decades long decline in meat consumption is the United States. The book is set in the early 1900's in Chicago; a time when true industrialization had come to the United States, and immigrant populations soared (numbersusa.com)....   [tags: Upton Sinclair Jungle] 1116 words
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Upton Sinclair's The Jungle - Upton Sinclair really wrote The Jungle for the promotion of socialism, himself being a long-time socialist, but what really caught the attention of the public was the few pages of descriptions about the horrors of the meat-packing industry. He couldn't have been very happy that the book gained fame for a different reason, but nonetheless it did gain a significant amount of fame and get that message of socialism is better than communism out to the public widely. There are a lot of different characters in The Jungle, and they all have some significance in their roles....   [tags: Jungle Sinclair Upton] 1311 words
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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair - The Jungle, written by Upton Sinclair was a very touching and motivating story. Sinclair aimed for our hearts, but instead, he hit our stomachs. The Jungle is a story of hardships and trouble, some successes and many failures as a family tries to achieve the "American Dream." In this book, "The Jurgis Ruckus' myth of failure is the other side of the Horatio Alger's myth of success." (xxvi) Although this book was written about the hardships of a family, it was not just a story for one to read and feel sympathy for the family, but it had many "real-life" reasons behind the events that went on and happened....   [tags: Upton Sinclair Jungle, analysis, review] 1846 words
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Predators and Prey in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle - Predators and Prey in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle Throughout Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, the author demonstrates the greed of Capitalism and how it gives politicians and businessmen the ability to exploit the immigrants population. Sinclair's main purpose in naming the book, The Jungle, is to put the reader's focus on the heartless politics of Capitalism. If he had named the book Stockyards or Packingtown, a person's concentration may be solely on these places. It is evident that Capitalism does not equally distribute the industries ruling, but rather allows certain groups to dominate the workers....   [tags: Upton Sinclair Jungle Essays] 779 words
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Upton Sinclair's The Jungle - Chicago Will Be Ours - The Jungle - Chicago Will Be Ours "Their home. Their home. They had lost it. Grief, despair, rage, overwhelmed him - what was any imagination of the thing to this heart-breaking, crush reality of it ... Only think what he had suffered for that house - what miseries they had all suffered for that house - the price they had paid for it!" "The Jungle", by Upton Sinclair, gives a heart breaking portrayal of the hardships faced by the countless poverty stricken laborers in the slaughter houses of Chicago....   [tags: Upton Sinclair The Jungle] 973 words
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Upton Sinclair's The Jungle as Socialist Propaganda - The Jungle as Socialist Propaganda In the world of economic competition that we live in today, many thrive and many are left to dig through trashcans. It has been a constant struggle throughout the modern history of society. One widely prescribed example of this struggle is Upton Sinclair's groundbreaking novel, The Jungle. The Jungle takes the reader along on a journey with a group of recent Lithuanian immigrants to America. As well as a physical journey, this is a journey into a new world for them....   [tags: Upton Sinclair Jungle Essays] 3115 words
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Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle - Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle      Many immigrants are moving to the United States in the early 1900’s with the hopes of living the “American Dream.” However, that glittering American lifestyle is merely a distant ideal for the immigrants living in Packingtown, the Lithuanian meatpacking district of Chicago. Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle portrays life through the eyes of a poor workingman struggling to survive in this cruel environment, where the desire for profit among the capitalist meatpacking bosses and the criminals makes the lives of the working class a nearly unendurable struggle for survival....   [tags: Upton Sinclair Jungle Essays] 607 words
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Upton Sinclair's The Jungle - Socialism - The Jungle                   Socialism            During the late 1800's and early 1900's hundreds of thousands of European immigrants migrated to the United States of America. They had aspirations of success, prosperity and their own conception of the American Dream.  The majority of the immigrants believed that their lives would completely change for the better and the new world would bring nothing but happiness.  Advertisements that appeared in Europe offered a bright future and economic stability to these naive and hopeful people.  Jobs with excellent wages and working conditions, prime safety, and other benefits seemed like a chance in a lifetime to these struggling foreigne...   [tags: Upton Sinclair The Jungle] 436 words
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Upton Sinclair's The Jungle - It’s a Jungle Out There - The Jungle                   It’s a Jungle Out There               Upton Sinclair’s novel The Jungle (1906) gives an in depth look at the lives of the immigrant workers here in America.  In fact the look was so in depth that the Pure Food and Drug Act was created as a result.  Many people tend to focus purely on the unsanitary conditions instead of the hardships faced by the workers.  Actually I think that Sinclair doesn’t want the focus on the meatpacking, but on overcoming obstacles, especially through Socialism.  Sinclair was himself very outspoken when it came to Socialism....   [tags: Upton Sinclair The Jungle] 713 words
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Upton Sinclair's Purpose in Writing The Jungle - Upton Sinclair's Purpose in Writing The Jungle Upton Sinclair wrote this book for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, he tries to awaken the reader to the terrible living conditions of immigrants in the cities around the turn of the century. Chicago has the most potent examples of these conditions. Secondly, he attempts to show the advantages of socialism in helping to remedy the problems of a society such as the one that exists in Chicago at this time. Sinclair accomplishes his objectives with an extremely powerful story....   [tags: Upton Sinclair Jungle Essays] 1128 words
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The Character of Jurgid Rudkis in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle - The Character of Jurgid Rudkis in The Jungle There are often many sides to a person's personality. Jurgis Rudkis of Upton Sinclair's novel, The Jungle, is no exception. Rudkis is a very determined and caring person. Conversely, he is also strickened with cupidity. He has both good and evil coexisting within him. Rudkis is a very determined and directed man. He is always eager to work. He does not let anything stop him and is "confident in his ability to get work for himself, unassisted by anyone(pg.35) ." Aware that he needed money, Rudkis does anything and everything to achieve his goals....   [tags: Upton Sinclair Jungle Essays] 425 words
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Critical Analysis of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle -      The Jungle is a novel that focuses on a family of immigrants who came to America looking for a better life. The novel was written by Upton Sinclair, who went into the Chicago stockyards to investigate what life was like for the people who worked there. The book was originally written with the intent of showing Socialism as a better option than Capitalism for the society. However, the details of the story ended up launching a government investigation of the meat packing plants, and ultimately regulation of food products....   [tags: Upton Sinclair Jungle Essays Papers]
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The Broken American Dream Exposed in The Jungle by Upton Sinclair - Sinclair's novel is meant to entirely reject the capitalist system and to bring in its place a socialist system. In this novel, capitalism and its exploitation of the immigrants and other workers, are in fact shown to be tools of the capitalist bosses, used as another means to control and mislead them. In Sinclair's novel the broken dreams of Jurgis Rudkis and his fellow Lithuanian immigrants, unions are meant to be institutions which give false hope to the workers. They live in utterly dreadful circumstances and are exploited like animals by their capitalist bosses....   [tags: The Jungle, Upton Sinclair] 1065 words
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Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and the Pure Food and Drug Act - Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” and the Pure Food and Drug Act Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle,” gave the most in-depth description of the horrid truths about the way America’s food companies, “the only source of food for people living in the city,” are preparing the food they sell. “The Jungle” describes the terrible conditions of a Lithuanian family that moved to the US, and had to work, live, and die for the food companies in Chicago. “The Jungle” spurred a movement in the American people to do something about the problems facing the American food supply....   [tags: Upton Sinclair The Jungle] 1672 words
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An Analysis Of The Jungle By Upton Sinclair - In the early 1900's life for America's new Chicago immigrant workers in the meat packing industry was explored by Upton Sinclair's novel The Jungle. Originally published in 1904 as a serial piece in the socialist newspaper Appeal to Reason, Sinclair's novel was initially found too graphic and shocking by publishing firms and therefore was not published in its complete form until 1906. In this paper, I will focus on the challenges faced by a newly immigrated worker and on what I feel Sinclair's purpose was for this novel....   [tags: Upton Sinclair] 1412 words
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Upton Sinclair's The Jungle - Upton Sinclair's The Jungle Jurgis Rudkus and Ona Lukoszaite open the novel of The Jungle with a celebration of their wedding. The opening of the book highlights the best time that Jurgis and Ona will ever again experience during their stay in America. Jurgis is convinced that he can accomplish the American Dream, gaining prosperity from hard work and dedication. However, as the novel progresses, we soon see that this dream that Jurgis had is much farther away than he anticipated, and prosperity seems untouchable unless one gives up their morals and values and joins the capitalistic America....   [tags: Jungle Sinclair] 1109 words
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Student Critique of The Jungle By Upton Sinclair - The book The Jungle was introduced as a novel by Upton Sinclair was financed and published with his own money. Upton Sinclair was a famous novelist and social crusader from California. He was born on 20 September 1878 in Baltimore Md. He was the only child of Priscilla Harden and Upton Beall Sinclair. Upton Sinclair’s childhood was lived in poverty, one where his father was an alcoholic, his job as an alcohol salesman most likely contributed to his disease. And although his own family was extremely poor, he spent periods of time living with his wealthy grandparents....   [tags: Upton Sinclair] 1520 words
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Commentary on In the The Jungle by Upton Sinclair - ... Furthermore, rats, dirt, and dust were shoveled into carts containing meat without remorse. Jurgis witnesses the hidden secrets factories play on the consumers of their meat. He spends long strenuous hours laboring in the unsanitary factories, straining himself day in and day out. During the harsh winters, Jurgis would often show up to work with nearly frozen feet, sore to the touch, and without regard to his health he would proceed to carry out his duties in fear of losing his job. It finally gets to a point where he can no longer work due to an ankle injury....   [tags: American Dream, Factory, Social Class] 580 words
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Exposing Capitalism in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle - Exposing Capitalism in The Jungle        While the works of Upton Sinclair are not widely read today because of their primacy of social change rather than aesthetic pleasure, works like The Jungle are important to understand in relation to the society that produced them.  Sinclair was considered a part of the muckraking era, an era when social critics observed all that was wrong and corrupt in business and politics and responded against it.  The Jungle was written primarily as a harsh indictment of wage slavery, but its vivid depictions of the deplorable lack of sanitation involved in the meatpacking industry in Chicago resulted in public outrage to the point where Congress passed the Pur...   [tags: Sinclair Jungle Essays]
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Capitalism in The Jungle Upton Sinclair - “The Jungle” novel was written by an American journalist/ novelist name Upton Sinclair in 1906. “The Jungle” made a big hit and became his best-selling novel because it revealed so well about the economical and social reality during that time. The book mainly described about how unsanitary the meat packing industry was operated in Chicago and the miserable life of the immigrants going along with the industry. Through the story around the life and family of Jurgis Rudjus, a Lithuanian immigrant who comes to America with the belief to change their life and live in a better condition, Sinclair expresses that “The Jungle” is a symbol of capitalism....   [tags: individual profits, money, human values] 1460 words
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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair - ... Jurgis is getting married to a woman named Ona, who is portrayed throughout the whole book as being a big push-over, and the type of woman that is very easy to take advantage of. Even though Jurgis and his wife Ona are on a low budget pay, they had a great financed wedding to say the least. Jurgis promises to pay everything back over the course of time. The wedding looked great, but there were quite a few problems with the guests. The guests that are at this wedding would sneak out and not at least help pay for some of the food....   [tags: jurgis, american dream] 662 words
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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair - “The Jungle” is a sociological novel, the work of public and literature heritage. The story is about the hard destiny of Lithuanian immigrants who seek for freedom and justice in America that become the hostages of merciless socialistic labor system in the United States. The cruel story takes place in the naturalistic scenes of gloomy slaughterhouses of Chicago, where, in monstrous miasmatic of demoralization, the hero flay the dead tubercular carcasses. With the help of grandiose rhetorical techniques like metaphor, parallelism, simile, key words, amplification and outstanding verbal approaches, Upton Sinclair won the hearts of thousands people due to his heartfelt language of explicit nat...   [tags: sociological nove, rhetoric techniques, socialism]
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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair - “The Jungle,” written by Upton Sinclair in 1906, describes how the life and challenges of immigrants in the United States affected their emotional and physical state, as well as relationships with others. The working class was contrasted to wealthy and powerful individuals who controlled numerous industries and activities in the community. The world was always divided into these two categories of people, those controlling the world and holding the majority of the power, and those being subjected to them....   [tags: challenges of immigrants in the United States] 1571 words
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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair - ... To make matters worse when these emigrants did find work they were rarely promoted. Even after years of work, people like Jurgis, the main character and man of the Rudkus house in The Jungle, would be stuck in their same dead-end job. This led to bitterness and resentment in Jurgis’s heart and in turn he becomes a homeless thief, political heeler, strikebreaker and street beggar thus worsening the bad image that emigrants already portrayed. Sinclair, precocious as he was, was aware of the injustices around him from an early age....   [tags: literary and story analysis]
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The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair - ... The family migrated to the Untied States in hope of finding the American dream as people call it. Life in Lithuania was hard, and they had heard nothing but good things about America. Throughout the novel Sinclair continuously praises Jurgis’s physical strength and massive size in order to predict what will happen to him as the story continues. The family see’s the all the men outside the packing plants waiting to be picked out for a job and instantly become hesitant on their decision to come here....   [tags: workers right reform, political opinion] 652 words
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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair - ... In an eye opening novel entitled The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, the author tells a story in which exposes the gut wrenching and shocking facts of what actually goes on in these food processing and meat packing factories in an urban Chicago during the early 1900s. Sinclair does a wonderful job at exposing what actually happened behind these factory doors and informs the reader of the unsanitary process in which animals were transformed into meat products. However when reading this novel one must take into consideration that Sinclair’s main concern was not only the disgusting products produced but the employees that produced them as well....   [tags: story analysis] 743 words
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The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair - Do you believe this novel has any significance for anyone living in 2011. I strongly believe this novel, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, is highly significant for anyone living in 2011 because these problems are still existent within our society and many others as well. This novel discusses problems that are crucial not only to our country but to other countries that view the United States as a place of prosperity and success. Throughout the story the author’s main focus or theme is the conflict of socialism versus capitalism and the depressing truth of the American Dream....   [tags: Modern Significance, Socialism] 944 words
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The Jungle is Upton Sinclair - ... The workers do not worry and the factory bosses allow themselves to do whatever they can to speed up the production of the meat. In addition, in order to maintain wages control and to keep them down, most of the time the factories employ additional workers. Often, work offers are less than the demands of people in search for jobs, so the majority of workers only gain a few cents per hour. Along with all those hardships, corruption and crime are additional burdens on the immigrant community. Dede Antanas, Jurgis’s father, could not find a job unless he accepted to grant a third of his wages to another man for helping him get the job....   [tags: lithuanian immigrants, american dream] 1401 words
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Upton Sinclair's The Jungle - Employment is hard to find and hard to keep and a job isn’t always what one hoped for. Sometimes jobs do not sufficiently support our lifestyles, and all too frequently we’re convinced that our boss’s real job is to make us miserable. However, every now and then there are reprieves such as company holiday parties or bonuses, raises, promotions and even a half hour or hour to eat lunch that allows escape from monotonous workloads. Aside from our complaints, employment today for majority of American’s isn’t totally dreadful, and there always lies opportunity for promotion....   [tags: immigrant workers]
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The Jungle Book by Upton Sinclair - The Jungle by Upton Sinclair exemplifies a muckraking style in its often gory depictions of life in a meat packing factory, Sinclair writes of how the meat packing industry exploits its workers, many of whom are uneducated and poor in the same way a capitalist government exploits it's working class. Sinclair uses Symbolism in terms of physical objects, Objects that serve a metaphorical purpose, and oppressive tone, to persuade the reader that Capitalism leads to the declination and corruption of America and that the only way to remedy this is socialistic government....   [tags: sociological analysis of the story] 1245 words
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Is Upton Sinclair's The Jungle a Primary Source? - ... The building was filled with tons of flammable clothes lying around on the ground and in the hallways. One day a spark caught the clothes on fire and burned the place killing 146 girls and young women. (Tovanche lecture). This tragic event caused reforms in laws and how they are in forced in the country to prevent this from happing again. Like the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, the meat industry, in The Jungle, had room’s filled with random meat and sick cow parts ready to sell for money. They did not have safety or sanitary laws and if they did they would bribe the inspectors to turn the other way....   [tags: workers, conditions, corruption]
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Socialism and Capitalism in The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair - ... Jurgis arrives to america with an eagerness to find work to support his family which becomes more and more difficult for him as the story goes on. The constant bad luck that happens to Jurgis is later connected to the faults of capitalism and how corrupt it is for the working class in this society. Soon Jurgis could not support his family on his own and eventually the entire family needs to get a job to pay for their costs. Sinclair builds sympathy for Jurgis and his family throughout the beginning of the novel but also depicts the poverty of the working class and how they are equally struggling to make a living....   [tags: Poverty, Society, Work] 658 words
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The Power of Language In The Jungle by Upton Sinclair - The truth can be very explicit, disgusting and revolting, but people have to find the forces to understand it and distinguish the real things from deception. The power of the language is noticed in numerous psychologically-philosophic and social scientific doctrines of human life as the mighty tool to hide and disclose the reality; run the crowd; force and motivate people to do certain things as well as stop them from doing of some actions at all. Unsurprisingly, but famous American writer Upton Sinclair understood the principle of language power better than anyone else in the dawn of 19th century....   [tags: sociological novel, social scientific doctrines]
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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, Jr. - ... By the end, Jurgis wanders alone, deprived of all dignity. He comes across a rally of political socialists, hears a speech on socialism, and enthusiastically converts to that cause. In the last chapters of the novel, Sinclair manifests arguments for socialism, in the form of speeches that Jurgis hears. The book ends with an appeal of a socialist speaker to "Organize. Organize. Organize!" so that "Chicago will be ours. Chicago will be ours. CHICAGO WILL BE OURS!" (Sinclair 372-73) So, according to some critics, it becomes clear that The Jungle is a propaganda destined to promote socialism over capitalism, and to reveal the hollowness of the American Dream, which capitalists define it as b...   [tags: american dream, lithuanian immigrants] 612 words
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Upton Sinclair's The Jungle - The Lie of the American Dream - The Jungle - The Lie of the American Dream In The Jungle, Sinclair deeply understands his subjects and can make the plots real for the reader. Even in a small section of the book, Sinclair makes me feel, imagine and contemplate his words. Chapters 18 through 23, were chapters that Sinclair took time and effort to write and make it to perfection. In my own perspective, I think he achieved this accomplishment and made these chapters a realistic event. The main theme of these 6 chapters is "The lie of the American Dream"....   [tags: The Jungle Sinclair] 919 words
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Summary of The Jungle by Upton Sinclair - The Jungle The Jungle by Upton Sinclair is about a Lithuanian family living in Chicago in the 1900’s. They had faith in the American dream, hoping to start a new and successful life. Unfortunately they were deprived of they hopes and dreams. They were placed in the middle of a society where only the strongest and richest survived. The rich keep getting richer and the poor get even poorer. Jurgis and his family went to extreme lengths just in hopes of finding a job, they were forced to travel in heavy rain, strong winds, and thick snow, even when they were sick, in fear of losing their jobs....   [tags: essays research papers] 512 words
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The Misconceptions Of The Jungle By Upton Sinclair - Upton Sinclair had always insisted that The Jungle was misread but did he ever think it could have been miswritten. The style of writing is not effective when addressing issues in a capitalistic society but proves to be very effective when exposing the secrets of the meatpacking industry. The novel is not remembered for being a classic work in literature but rather an important book in history in that it changed the way America looked at food in the early part of the century. Sinclair loses his argument for Socialism at around the time when the characters in the book lose their humanity....   [tags: essays research papers] 709 words
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Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and the Meat-Packing Industry Today - Meatpacking pertains to the raising, slaughtering, packaging and processing of livestock such as pigs, cows, and chickens. Prior to slaughter, animals are grown and fed. Food borne illness and pathogens still plague the meatpacking industry since the creation of meatpacking. The government plays a huge role in providing legislation and ensuring the safety of meat products and business. Although the government is meant to inspect and guarantee safety, many unlawful practices appear overlooked pertaining to the safety of meat for consumers....   [tags: Pros and Cons of the Meat-Packing Industry]
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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair - The Jungle by Upton Sinclair In the "Gilded Age" immigrants from all over the world became part of America's working nation in hopes of finding a new and better life for themselves and their families. As more and more new families moved to America with high hopes, more and more people fell victims to the organized society, politics, and institutions better described as, the system. The system was like a jungle, implying that only the strong survived and the weak perished. Bosses always picked the biggest and strongest from a throng of people desperate for work, and if you were big and strong, you were more likely to get the job then if you were small and weak....   [tags: Papers] 720 words
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The Effects of Literary Elements in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle - “I aimed for the public’s heart, and by accident I hit them in the stomach” (Sinclair). Upton Sinclair uses these words to describe the reaction his novel, The Jungle, receives upon first publication. Sinclair’s original purpose of The Jungle intends to illustrate the difficult challenges of immigrants in Chicago at the turn of the century; giving details and samples of abuses in the Chicago meatpacking industry to highlight their troubles. Instead, the public demands government intervention against the atrocities and this public outcry leads to the 1906 Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act....   [tags: character, setting, theme]
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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair: Fame for the Wrong Reason - In the early 1900’s America begin to transform rapidly. Many immigrants started moving to the United States in the early 1900’s with the hopes of living the “American Dream.” However, that glittering and gleaming American lifestyle is merely a distant ideal for the immigrants living in Packingtown, the meatpacking district of Chicago. Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle portrays life through the eyes of a poor workingman struggling to survive in this cruel, tumultuous environment, where the desire for profit among the capitalist meatpacking bosses and the criminals makes the lives of the working class a nearly unendurable struggle for survival....   [tags: meatpacker, meatpacking industry]
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The Struggles of Families in Poverty in The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair - “In twentieth-century America the history of poverty begins with most working people living on the edge of destitution, periodically short of food, fuel, clothing, and shelter” (Poverty in 20th Century America). Poverty possesses the ability to completely degrade a person, as well as a family, but it can also make that person and family stronger. In The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, a family of immigrants has to live in severe poverty in Packingtown, a suburb of Chicago. The poverty degrades the family numerous times, and even brings them close to death....   [tags: immigrants, workers, communication]
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The Horrific Illustrations of Capitalism in The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair - The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, shows the horrific illustrations of capitalism by the circumstances of Ona giving birth, the outcomes of medicine being diluted, and the condition of embalmed beef. When Jurgis and Ona arrive in Packingtown, Chicago Jurgis is big and strong and gets pick everyday for a job, but by the end of two years Jurgis is small and does not get picked for hardly any jobs. All immigrants wait outside the meat factory companies to take the jobs of people who do not show up or come late....   [tags: immigrants, embalmed beef, medications]
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Upton Sinclair's The Jungle - Long and tedious, with the purpose of showing the unsanitary conditions of the Chicago meat industry, The Jungle is a book that was written by Upton Sinclair. After his manuscript was completed in 1905, it appeared serially in Appeal to Reason, a widely circulated socialist periodical. This initial publication caused much controversy and immediate reaction. Much difficulty was encountered, however, when he tried to get it published in book form. None of the publishers wanted it published completely in its current form, and Sinclair didn’t want to cut any of it out....   [tags: essays research papers fc] 886 words
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Commentary on Capitalism in Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle - ... America was rumored to be a place with no barriers between a man and prosperity, no racial divides, a place where all men are equal and dreams can come true. The only problem was in order to dream one must be asleep to the reality of the waking world. This was the dream like state that Jurgis and his family where rudely awaken from as they learned the hard way what life in America was really like. In fact many of the issues faced by our antagonist were unavoidable. The lack of familiarity with the local laws and proceedings stem from their overall lack of education and the great American capitalist society loved to take advantage of this as evident in the spotty condition of the pagan fa...   [tags: Consumer, Society] 535 words
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Socialist Concepts in The Jungle by Upton Sinclair - Socialist Concepts in The Jungle by Upton Sinclair The beginning of the book starts out at Jurgis and Ona’s wedding, or more specifically, the after party. This scene establishes how these two main characters look, and how they and the rest of the characters act. Jurgis is a big man with thick black hair that goes nearly to his eyes. He is very muscular and well built. Ona is a small woman; her whole body is able to disappear in Jurgis’s arms. She is soft-spoken, little in appearance and in personality....   [tags: Papers] 1575 words
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Comparison of Anne Tyler's Average Waves in Unprotected Waters and Upton Sinclair's The Jungle - Life is all about challenges and the choices made because of those challenges. The result of this impact lives either for better or worse. This idea of challenges and choices in life is shown in literature as well. “Average Waves in Unprotected Waters” by Anne Tyler and The Jungle by Upton Sinclair have similar messages; however, each story displays these messages by using different themes, characterization and symbols. The short story, “Average Waves in Unprotected Waters” conveys a similar message of The Jungle....   [tags: Thematic Elements, Symbolisms]
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A Comparison of the Legacy of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring - 1906 would see the publication of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, pushing through major reforms of the meatpacking industry and eventually causing the government to take actions to protect the health of its people; almost fifty years later, the publication of Rachel Carson's novel Silent Spring would invoke a similar, but changed response to the threat of DDT. Although both would lead to government legislation creating major changes, the original intentions of the authors themselves differed, as well as their satisfaction of the results....   [tags: Compare Contrast Jungle Silent Spring]
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The Various Sources of Evils in Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, by Chelsea Franks - ... Additionally, this novel uses its characters to expose the evils inflicted on families and workers during the period of industrialization. Upton Sinclair’s sole premise of writing The Jungle was to help foster the Socialist Movement; he wanted to see widespread change for immigrants venturing into the United States. Upton’s priority was to expose Capitalism for what it truly was, exploitation of namely immigrant stockyard workers. “ Here was a population, low-class and mostly foreign hanging always on the verge of starvation, and dependent upon the whim of men every bit as brutal and unscrupulous as the old-time slave drivers; under such circumstances immorality was exactly as inevitable...   [tags: capitalism, immigrants, socialism] 1146 words
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Dorthy Day´s Reaction to Upton Sinclair´s The Jungle - ... She adventured through the poor district and looked into the houses and looked into the people, both containing very depressing things inside them. Day did this a lot, and as she did it she would imagine the characters in The Jungle, and imagined their existence in this very alive and very real neighborhood. It would become her childhood that she would fondly look back upon. It would be the kindling that started the fire for her passion and motivation for supporting her ideals and those who share it....   [tags: meat, packing, business, socialism, poor] 852 words
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The Food and Drug Adminstration from Upton Sinclair´s The Jungle - ... As I read the Jungle I saw from beginning to end the struggle an immigrant family went through and realized being in the real world is a lot harder especially if you don’t have an education. The Jungle is an American classic because of the role in took place in the Food and Drug Administration and made a difference to all the workers who worked in the meat packing industry. Throughout the book the author illustrates the ups and downs Jurgis and his family went through as they lived in Chicago....   [tags: workers, immigrants, meat, industry] 1042 words
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A Cry for Socialist Reform in The Jungle by Upton Sinclair - A Cry for Socialist Reform in The Jungle by Upton Sinclair The Jungle is usually associated with the federal legislation it provoked. Americans were horrified to learn about the terrible sanitation under which their meat products were packed. They were even more horrified to learn that the labels listing the ingredients in tinned meat products were full of lies. The revelation that rotten and diseased meat was sold without a single consideration for public health infuriated the American public....   [tags: Papers] 2405 words
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Socialism versus Capitalism in The Jungle by Upton Sinclair - Socialism versus Capitalism in The Jungle by Upton Sinclair Even before the beginning of the twentieth century, the debate between socialists and capitalists has raged. In The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, he portrays capitalism as the cause of all evils in society. Sinclair shows the horrors of capitalism. In The Gospel of Wealth, by Andrew Carnegie, he portrays capitalism as a system of opportunity. However, both Carnegie and Sinclair had something to gain from their writings; both men had an agenda....   [tags: Papers] 1297 words
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Security Through Socialism - In the novel, The Jungle, written by Upton Sinclair, a migrant worker by the name of Jurgis travels to Chicago in an effort to give himself a better life. He starts off good in America, as he quickly gets a job. His future in America looks promising. But not for too long though, as he quickly starts to perish under the misfortune of losing his wife, home, multiple jobs and the only son he ever had. Once Jurgis starts taking a socialistic view though, he becomes hopeful in his daily life. In The Jungle, Upton Sinclair hopes to use Jurgis’s unfortunate life to advocate for socialism....   [tags: Socialism, the Jungle, Upton Sinclair, ] 526 words
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Upton Sinclair: A Voice For Food Safety - In 1906 Doubleday published a fiction novel based in reality and centered on immigrant life in the Chicago meat packing district. “The Jungle,” was written by Upton Sinclair, a 27 year old author from Baltimore under a $500 advance from a socialist newspaper. This novel soon became a focus of controversy and change within the United States. Though known more for it’s horrific portrayal of the conditions inside slaughterhouses, only 60 pages of the 413 pages that make up “The Jungle” detail the goings-on of the meat packing industry.Sinclair’s book was intended to be a political and social commentary on the plight of the worker during the turn of the century....   [tags: The Jungle Essays]
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Jurgis in The Jungle - In The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, Jurgis is the most complex character throughout the novel. He demonstrates many characteristics that sets him aside from the other characters and also utilizes the title of villain. He is not necessarily an evil man by nature, but does portray an evil life by existence. In the beginning, Jurgis was a man of great muscles and strength. “…and he was young, and a giant besides. There was too much health in him. He could not even imagine how it would feel to be beaten.”(23) He was a country boy, meaning he was use to lifting things and from that became strong, which was a physical feature Packingtown seemed to like, leaving Jurgis excited knowing he could easily...   [tags: Upton Sinclair] 1012 words
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Upton Sinclair: An Author With a Successful Book - ... In the year 1902, Upton Sinclair married a woman by the name of Meta Fuller. However, shortly after in 1911, Meta Fuller had left Upton Sinclair for the poet Harry Kemp. Despite Sinclair’s personal beliefs about marriage, Sinclair had had an affair with a woman of the name Anna Noyes. Sinclair had also wrote a novel which was unpublished called “Love’s Progress”. However his wife had also had an affair with a man named John Collier. In 1913, Sinclair had married again to a woman named Mary Craig Kimbrough....   [tags: Jungle, Meat industry] 861 words
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Upton Sinclair And The Chicago Meat-Packing Industry - Upton Sinclair and the Chicago Meat-packing Industry In 1900, there were over 1.6 million people living in Chicago, the country's second largest city. Of those 1.6 million, nearly 30% were immigrants. Most immigrants came to the United States with little or no money at all, in hope of making a better life for themselves. A city like Chicago offered these people jobs that required no skill. However, the working and living conditions were hazardous and the pay was barely enough to survive on. This is the bases for Upton Sinclair's book, The Jungle....   [tags: The Jungle Essays] 1107 words
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Oppression in Sinclair's The Jungle and Steinbeck's The Grapes Of Wrath - Oppression in Sinclair's The Jungle and Steinbeck's The Grapes Of Wrath In The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, and The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, the characters are forced with economic, social, and political problems that they must cope with throughout the story. Both books are similar in that they emphasize that in this country, one simply cannot win unless they play by nature’s rules.      The economic problems of both stories were great. Jurgis (The Jungle) wishes to go to America to get rich....   [tags: Sinclair The Jungle] 450 words
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Imagery in The Jungle - The scenes that I encountered when reading about the meat packaging industry in the early 1900's were very graphic. Some images were more graphic than others. The first scene that comes to mind when I think about the passage "The Jungle" was the huge iron wheel with pigs on it. This scene sticks out in my mind because I can almost see the pigs squealing as they are ripped away by their feet up higher and higher into the air. I can also see the massive "river" of hogs awaiting their turn to be chained up by the burly Negro....   [tags: Upton Sinclair] 741 words
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The Jungle - In The Jungle, the character of Jurgis, who is also the protagonist of the story, undergoes a tremendous transformation throughout the story. Jurgis's moral values slowly decline throughout each chapter as his life slowly plunges downward. In the beginning, Jurgis has a strong devoted feeling toward his family along with a positive attitude towards his new country in which he is about to live and work. He vows to work hard and earn money in order to pay for the veselija from the wedding. He eventually finds a job and earns enough for the family to settle into a home....   [tags: Upton Sinclair] 922 words
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The Jungle - With hopes of having a better life, a Lithuanian couple and their family set out to seek the "American Dream", only to find out later, that it becomes an "American Disaster". With his newly married wife, Ona and other relatives by his side, Jurgis, a Lithuanian immigrant makes his way to Chicago, optimistic that he has found success. Chicago at the time was a very sluggish impoverished society. Most of the agriculture involved meat packing and/or slaughtering hogs. This lifestyle, however, did not dismay Jurgis who ends up taking several jobs at these types of factories, especially, when things become unfortunate for his family....   [tags: Upton Sinclair] 1032 words
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The Jungle by Upton Sinclari Jr. - ... Jurgis worked with people who had skin diseases, people who were always losing fingers as a result of the assembly line moving so fast, and people who constantly coughed spreading their germs all over the meat. There were few toilets, and no soap nor clean water to wash their hands with. These working conditions were unacceptable. Armour, Swift, and Morris were the three companies that dominated the business of meat-packing in Chicago. In his articles, Sinclair disguised their names as Anderson, Smith, and Morton....   [tags: novel review and analysis] 570 words
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The Jungle by Upton Sinclaire - The Jungle by Upton Sinclaire We can only know things with an experience for them by some means or other. We all know what we do, and we do not know what will happen. Our educated guesses failing at times and being glorified for justification's sake later. The family in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle depicts just this by every fiber of their hard working being. The qualities above present a perfected formula for real freedom. The gaining of knowledge and the failing or success that will happen to us....   [tags: Essays Papers] 581 words
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My Favorite Book is The Jungle by Upton Sinclai - ... The Jungle’s excellent qualities have made it my favorite book. Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle was first published in the United States in 1906. This book became an immediate success as it portrayed the corruption within American business and government. Sinclair based the novel on the American meatpacking industry. He describes, in shocking detail, the conditions of corruption in America and the ways it affected the lives of individuals involved. The Jungle centers on Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant working on Chicago’s infamous Packingtown....   [tags: personal narrative] 619 words
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Modern Day Relevance of Sinclair's The Jungle - The Jungle was first published in 1906. Contemporary critics disagree about whether or not the novel has any “relevance” for modern readers. What do YOU think. I believe this novel has somewhat of a relevance for modern readers in today’s society. In the world of economic competition that we live in today, many thrive and many are left to dig through trash cans. It has been a constant struggle throughout the modern history of society. One widely prescribed example of this struggle is Upton Sinclair's groundbreaking novel, The Jungle....   [tags: literary analysis, literature essays] 896 words
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Sinclair's The Jungle: The Need for Rules and Regulations - Imagine going to work and being sprayed by a scorching splash of molten metal. Wouldn't that be just terrible. Unfortunately for the working-class Americans of the early 20th century (who worked in a steel-factory of sorts), this hellish scene was a reality for them (Sinclair 215). Upton Sinclair's book The Jungle, a ficticious yet all-the-more realistic novel about the Chicago meat packing industry (and just working/life conditions in general for city-dwelling Americans at the time), follows Jurgis Rudkus --- A Lithuanian immigrant trying to live the “American dream”....   [tags: fiction, novel, capitalism]
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Steinbeck and Sinclair - These two books give stark reality to the readers of the impoverishment of the American working class as well as the corruption of industry, big business, and even capitalism itself. While their writing styles and subject matter are inherently different, the themes of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath are ultimately the same. In this essay I will examine and compare the social, political, and spiritual elements within these novels and how they relate to this class....   [tags: The Jungle, Grapes of Wrath] 1094 words
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Upton Sinclair: A Hero to the Working Class People - Today, Upton Sinclair is regarded as a hero to the working class people. He is currently recognized for the extensive work he has accomplished, such as most famously writing The Jungle. This dynamically contrasts the way Upton was viewed during his time. Although some viewed him as famous, his fame was controversial. Many denounced his religious and political views, and felt he was extremely unpatriotic. While reviewing several documents and periodicals from his time period, it was proven that many felt negatively towards Upton Sinclair and his beliefs....   [tags: notorious American writers] 680 words
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Why is The Jungleby Upton Sinclair Considered a Primary Source? - ... were places they ended up. The cities were very dirty and ridded with horse carcasses. (Tovanche Lecture). Labor disputes erupted from the rise of “big business” and huge factories. More and more people such as women and children started working for these large companies. Working hours were very long with low wages. The labor of worker seldom allowed for any resting times during their shifts. Another issue was the conditions of the food in factories, which were horrific in some cases. Upton Sinclair brought these issues to light in chapter 9 of The Jungle....   [tags: economy] 859 words
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Upton Sinclair - Upton Sinclair was an American writer whose works reflects not only the inside but also the socialists view on things. Upton sinclair was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He was born into a family which held to it’s Southern aristocracy in every thing that was done. When Sinclair was ten years old, the family packed up and moved to New York City ( Where there were more opportunities to succeed ). Upton Beall Sinclair began writing when he was 15 years old. He mostly wrote ethnic jokes and fiction for a fun magazine....   [tags: essays research papers] 1288 words
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Upton Sinclair and His Influence on Society - Upton Sinclair, the famous American author, wanted to be a great influence on society. He was born in 1878 in Baltimore, Maryland, from a family of Southern aristocracy. His father was an alcoholic and his mother came from a wealthy family. When Sinclair was ten, the family moved to New York. His father sold hats and spent his evenings in bars coming home drunk every night. As a child, Sinclair was an excellent reader and scholar. By the age of fourteen, he began writing in his spare time. He attended Columbia University and later he moved to Quebec, Canada....   [tags: European Literature] 1554 words
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Analysis of the Biography of Upton Sinclair - Upton Sinclair was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 20th 1978. Sinclair grew up in a broken household; his father was an alcohol salesman and killed himself drinking. While his mother would not even think about drinking alcohol. So these personalities naturally clashed. So Sinclair found some solace in books, Sinclair was a natural writer and he began publishing at the young age of fifteen years old. Sinclair started off going to school at a small college by the name of New York City College....   [tags: Author, Writer, Biographical] 522 words
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